Dims: 1.1 x 0.8 x 0.5" (2.8 x 2.0 x 1.3 cm)
Wt: 8.4 g w/ base
Alchuri, above Shigar, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
This is the first example of green Zoisite crystals that I have ever seen! This small thumbnail specimen consists of several heavily intergrown crystals, almost all of which are damaged or broken. One of the longest crystals, however, is intact and measures over 1" (2.5 cm) in length. It shows only very minor damage on its termination and has good orthorhombic prismatic form, with well-defined edges and clean faces. All of the crystals have a dull green color with a hint of gray and a noticeable violet tinge, and range from translucent to transparent and very clear (most are transparent at their terminations and become cloudy at their prism lengths). There is no host rock present.